Banbridge moved to second place in the AIL1B with a win against St Mary’s College Dublin at Rifle Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was a fairly dour opening half hour in this one as both sides tested each others defence. However the game sprang to life when St Mary’s Ruairi Shields gleefully collected a neat little grubber from Connor Dean to score the games first try. Paddy O’Driscoll converted to give the the visitors a seven point lead.

Banbridge responded almost immediately and a clever move off the back of a line out saw John Porter break clear for a well worked try. Adam Doherty converted and the teams turned round with the score at 7 each.

The second half moved along at a better pace. A flurry of penalties saw Mary’s in front 10 – 13 with O’Driscoll knocking over two to Doherty’s one. However Bann edged in front after a wonder try from Josh Cromie, who broke from the halfway line to score an unconverted try.

Mary’s edged in front minutes later as O’Driscoll knocked over his third penalty and a tense final quarter ensued. However, Doherty landed a late penalty to decide the game in Banbridge’s favour, to the delight of the large crowd.

BANBRIDGE: Conor Field, Andrew Morrison, Jonny Little, Adam Doherty; Josh Cromie, Neil Kilpatrick; Michael Cromie (capt), Peter Cromie, Stuart Cromie. Alex Thompson, Chris Allen, Robin Sinton, Ethan Harbinson, Stevie Irvine, Andrew Jackson, Corrie Barrett, Dale Carson, Aaron Kennedy, Hugo Harbinson.

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE: Dave Fanagan; Craig Kennedy, Myles Carey, Marcus O’Driscoll (capt), Ruairi Shields; Conor Dean, Paddy O’Driscoll; Tom O’Reilly, Richard Halpin, Michael McCormack, Liam Corcoran, Hugo Diepman, Daragh McDonnell, David Aspil, Mark Fallon. Replacements: Stephen O’Brien, Padraig Dundon, Daniel Lyons, Cormac Foley, Hugo Conway, Niall McEniff, Tim MacMahon.

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